If you’ve been grinding your teeth a lot at night or clenching them when you get nervous or stressed, you may be wondering if a night guard could help. Or, maybe your dentist has mentioned using a night guard to you and you’ve wondered if it is really necessary. The answer really depends on you and how committed you are to protecting your teeth.
What is a night guard?
A night guards is a clear plastic device that fits over your teeth. Usually, night guards are used over the top teeth, but occasionally they are recommended for the bottom teeth as well. Night guards act as protection against enamel loss when you grind or clench your teeth. To be effective, night guards need to be worn almost every night.
Benefits of using a night guard
There are a number of benefits to using a night guard. Among these are…
1. Protection from enamel erosion. As we mentioned earlier, a night guard provides a barrier to help protect the outer layer of your teeth, the enamel. Enamel loss can make your teeth appear gray and cause your teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
2. Reduced jaw pain. Grinding and clenching your teeth can also result in jaw pain. Using a night guard can help reduce this pain.
3. Saving money in the long run. Investing in a night guard will likely save you a significant amount of money in future dental bills. Enamel loss is generally treated with veneers, an expensive cosmetic dentistry solution.
4. Helping you snore less. Grinding and clenching your teeth at night can lead to snoring. Using a night guard regularly can help lessen your snoring and help you and your partner get a better night’s sleep.
To learn more about whether a night guard can be beneficial to you, visit us online at Dentists of Hinsdale Lake or request an appointment by calling (insert contact information). We’ve been serving the Hinsdale, WIllowbrook and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.